2/22/21

The Rock Weekly

I’ll take “Healthcare AI Spinout” for $200

The Watson Health hype cycle may soon come to a close for IBM. Executives are exploring a sale of the six-year-old business that, despite a handful of acquisitions (Merge Healthcare and Truven), never quite hit its stride. The logic of a successful platform is that it attracts large scale networks of users with its simplicity and that its whole is greater than the sum of its parts. Amidst digital health’s raging platform wars, this potential exit could be seen as a cautionary tale that bundling a wide range of assets around one tech stack is not the same as platform building.

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